Since 2010, the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) and CICP have co-hosted a Cambodian national workshop on atrocities prevention, as well as numerous policy dialogues. In 2015 the collaboration produced a major conference in Phnom Penh, The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific. After five years of collaboration, the APR2P's Cambodian Country Program was formalized with the signing of an MOU in 2015.
CICP is an independent, neutral research institute based in Phnom Penh. This civil society organisation has been instrumental in promoting domestic and regional dialogue between various governments, national and international organizations, scholars and the private sector on a variety of important topics such as peace, democracy, security, foreign policy, conflict prevention and resolution, economics and national development.
HRH Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Chair of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, is a Patron of the APR2P Centre.
Since 2010, APR2P and CICP have co-hosted a Cambodian national workshop on atrocities prevention, as well as numerous policy dialogues. In 2015 the collaboration produced a major conference in Phnom Penh, The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific.
Ambassador Pou Sothirak – Executive director of CICP
H.E. Amb. Pou Sothirak received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, U.S.A., and subsequently worked as an engineer at Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. He then returned to his home country to work as a Humanitarian Coordinator in the field of education and community development with USAID at one of the refugee camps along the border between Thailand and Cambodia. Subsequently, he was elected twice as Member of Parliament; during part of this time, he served as Minister for Industry, Mining and Energy of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Thereafter, he was appointed as Ambassador of the Royal Government of Cambodia to Japan. At present, Mr. Sothirak is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in the Republic of Singapore.
Professor Pou Sovachana – Deputy Director for Research and Publications, CICP and Country Program Coordinator, APR2P
Pou Sovachana is the Deputy Director in Charge of Research and Publication at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation (CICP). In that position he oversees the work of several research fellows whose project range from traditional security, to human rights and human security, to open media. He has published various chapters and articles concerning the development of Cambodia, especially in the field of education. His research interests include genocide education, human security, peace and conflict resolution, cooperative regional integration, social cultural community and political security of Southeast Asia.
Key resources for improving understanding and building support for R2P were originally created by the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Translation of the Primer and Toolkit into Khmer was commissioned by APR2P, as a way of enabling discussions on enhancing capacity and developing policy to prevent and respond to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.
February 2015-R2P at 10 International conference held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific was held in Phnom Penh to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2005 unanimous adoption of the Responsibility to Protect. The conference promoted fresh thinking and dialogue about the past, present and future of R2P in the Asia Pacific region. This major conference gathered 300 guests from around Asia and the world. The event was delivered in partnership with the Cambodian Institutional partner, the Cambodian Institute for Co-operation and Peace, as well as the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Stanley Foundation and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to protect.
August 2014 - Public lectures held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Topic: Promoting the Responsibility to Protect in ASEAN: What Role for Cambodia?
Dr. Noel M. Morada, Director of the Centre’s Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building program delivered two public lectures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 6 and 8 August, focusing on the role that Cambodia can play in promoting R2P in ASEAN. The first seminar was organized by the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), and was attended by representatives from ASEAN, Australia, European diplomatic missions, government officials, think tank researchers, and university students. The second seminar on the same topic was organized by the Department of International Studies, Institute for Foreign Languages, of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in cooperation with Pannassastra University of Cambodia, where some 60 students participated in the interactive workshop.
June 2010 - Workshop on Responsibility to Protect Constituency Building in Cambodia
APR2P, in collaboration with the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, held a workshop from 16-17 June 2010 at the Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh with participants from the media, government, civil society organisations, and academic institutions of Cambodia. It was the first workshop in a series of planned consultations to gather experts, practitioners and eminent members of the Cambodian policy and advocacy community to discuss the principle of the responsibility to protect (R2P), its relevance to Cambodia’s current and historical context, and avenues for building a local and regional constituency in support of R2P in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, respectively.